Plant of the Day
Tuesday 28 January 2020
The Schefflera abyssinica (umbrella tree, gatame) is an important bee forage tree species in Ethiopia. It is an indigenous tree that initially can grow as an epiphyte mainly on trees such as Acacia abyssinica and finally overwhelms them to become an independent tree. It produces creamy-white flowers from March to May which results in a light-coloured honey that has a slightly buttery texture with a spicy finish to the flavour. This specimen of Schefflera abyssinica was in the garden of the Mirutse Family Honey Farm, Bonga.